Manataka American Indian Council                                                                                     Volume XIII  Issue 06 JUNE 2009


 

 

SMOKE SIGNAL NEWS

Manataka - Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow

 

June Issue

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Sunday, June 14

Flag Day

Sunday, June 15

Father's Day

Saturday, June 20

Manataka Gathering

Sunday, June 21

Summer Solstice

 

 


 

 

 

Contents:              

 

Contents of Page 1              

Elders Meditation: Beautiful Painted Arrow. Joseph Rael
Upcoming Events:

Manataka Gathering - 6th Sun Aztec Dancers

Gatherings, Meetings, Conventions

Feature Story 1:   Land Bridge Migration Theory Finally Debunked

Feature Story 2:

The Shores Within - Chapter 2
Ecological Notes: Clean Vehicles Update
Grandfather King Coke Speaks: Absent Without Leave...
Grandfather Seven Hawk Eyes Speaks: Lets Watch How We Talk and Walk
Mother Earth Watch: How to Create A Healthy, Wealthy, Abundant Nation from the Ashes of America's Demise
Tribal News: A Apology Resolution Introduced
Education: Teaching About American Indians
Inspiration Thoughts:   The Hospital Window
Website Updates:   New Articles in MAY 2009

Contents of Page 2              

Legends of Old: The Importance of Dreaming
Feature Story 3:

41-Year Legacy of Mohawk Resistance

at the Akwesasne Border

Feature Story 4:   The Century of The Rights of Mother Earth

Letters to the Editor:

Dream Interpretation - What does this mean?
Organic Consumers: Swine Flu: Reprieve or Lull Before the Storm?
Elder's Meditations: Chief Seattle, Dwamish
Plant Medicine: Ten Herbals for Fasting and Detoxification
Fluoride: CDC Oral Health Must Be Investigated
Animal Rights and Wrongs: A Buffalo Field Campaign
Endangered Sacred Sites: Winnemem Wintu sues for cultural sites

Contents of Page 3              

Announcement: Open Attendance at Manataka Gatherings
History: Hoo-Moo-Thy-Ah - Yavapai

Grandmother L. Cota Nupah Makah Speaks:

Grandmother Magdala Rameriz:

Grandmother Selma:

Green Corn Gathering Dance

Moon Dance Ceremony

Feature Story 5::

Feature Story 6:

Navajo Casket Maker Tobie Beneli

Manataka Spiritual Gathering - Australia

Elder's Meditations: Cochise "Like Ironweed" Chiricahau Apache
Women's Circle: Profile of Mary Wildfire Edmonia Lewis
Food & Nutrition: Two Must-Try American Indian Recipes
Book Reviews: Native American Flute
Poetry Circle: The Times On Mother Earth
Healing Prayer Basket: Crossing Over, Sickness, and Memorials
Manataka  Business: Special Needs; Meeting Postponed; Dues

 

 


 

ELDER MEDITATION

 

"Maa-neh" (hand) is the vibrational sound for "to manifest divine placement" on disturbed land.  The person's hands can be used on the earth in the garden areas and other places where the earth has seen hard use. Work can be done with one's hands to mend the devastation of earthquakes, tornados, hurricanes, floods, and fires.  In the month of June, more and more people will go towards solar energy use at all levels. Individuals will begin small family-size gardening plots. More than ever before we will see reverence for Mother Earth and a return to the land as a basis for life. Renewal is in the beginning stages in June.  ~Beautiful Painted Arrow. Joseph Rael

 

 

 

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UPCOMING EVENTS

 

 

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Traditional American Indian Religious Ceremonies and Family Gathering

 

 

 

 

 

The Sixth Sun Aztec Dancers and Grandfather Jorge Ortega will perform the sacred dances at Manataka.  Free and open admission.  Members, non-members and guests are welcome to respectfully join in prayerful ceremonies and witness the colorful and exciting ancient dance of the Aztec.  

 

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FEATURE I

 

Land Bridge Migration Theory Finally Debunked

By Takatoka

 

For as far back as our stories and collective memories go back in time, indigenous people have always believed that we began our journey on Turtle Island tens of thousands of years ago -- long before most anthropologists theorize.  A majority of scientists assume that migration began in Asia by a small human population who survived the last glacial movement in Beringia, the "Land Bridge" between today's Alaska and China.  According to the theory, the small group was isolated from its ancestor populations in Asia as the glaciers melted for at least 5,000 years, before expanding to populate the North American continent sometime after 16,500 years ago.

 

We are happy to report the latest scientific DNA studies show a much different picture, one that proves North American Indians, including indigenous people in Central and South America, did not originate from Asian Mongolians, but are a separate and distinct race who evolved tens of thousands of years ago from islands or a single island in the Pacific Ocean. 

 

We invite you to read two reports attached to this article offering strong evidence that will hopefully, once and forever, debunk the Land Bridge theory:

 

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FEATURE STORY 2

 

 

The Shores Within

By Boe Glasschild

& Laughing Dog Red Feather

 

Free Online Lessons on the Medicine Way

Eight lessons plus a glossary, bibliographic notes and more.

 

The Medicine Way has been exclusively an oral tradition for centuries. Now, Choctaw Spiritual Elder Boe Many Knives Glasschild, Bvshpo Lawa,  puts these teachings in writing for all to read and understand.   This is the second installment of ten monthly installments of the book entitled, "The Shores Within" covering the entire book from April to December 2009.  Each chapter contains links to a glossary of definitions to various Medicine Way terminology. 

 

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Preface and Forethought     - April 2009

Introduction and Chapter 1 - May 2009

Shores Within - Chapter 2   - June 2009

 

 


 

 

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ECOLOGY NOTES:

 

 

Clean Vehicles Update

 

Summary 
Amidst a weak economy and automaker bailouts, fuel economy and clean car standards were thrust into the spotlight this spring. The Obama administration used methodology held over from the Bush administration to set the 2011 model year vehicle fuel economy standards, which included only a small increase over current standards. UCS is working with agency officials to improve implementation for fuel economy standards in future model years. President Obama also told the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reconsider their decision prohibiting states from implementing clean car standards for global warming pollution. UCS analysts and activists spoke loud and clear in support of this issue, including continued efforts to encourage more states to adopt the clean car standards. Our work to reduce global warming pollution from fuels continues as well. UCS scientists worked with the EPA on its plans to implement a Renewable Fuel Standard, but key issues still remain especially in regard to land use and global warming pollution. At the state level, however, we achieved a major victory last week in California where they passed the world's first low carbon fuel standard. The regulation will likely serve as a model for other states and the federal government. In addition, California activists worked to defend diesel pollution standards that protect public health and the environment.

 

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FUNNY BONES

No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.

Two Indian guys and a dude from New York are on a hunting trip. On the first day, one Indian goes out, and less than an hour later returns with a deer. The guy from New York is blown away. "How did you get your deer so fast?!" "Easy" says the first Indian guy, "I looked for tracks, found them, followed them, and got my deer."
 
The next day the second Indian guy goes out, and less than an hour later returns with a deer. The guy from New York is blown away again, just flabbergasted. "How did you get YOUR deer so fast?!" "It's simple" says the second Indian, "I looked for tracks, found them, followed them, and there was the deer."
 
On the third day, the New York guy goes out. He doesn't return, and when darkness begins to fall, the two Indians go looking for him. They found him lying at the base of a hill, bloodied up, clothes torn, and bones broken. "What happened to you?" they asked. "I did just what you told me to do, I looked for tracks, found them, followed them, and the damn train ran me over."

 

Grandfather Grey Hawk Speaks

 

Missing in Action

by Robert Gray Hawk Coke

 

 

I read in the Smoke Signal last month that I was AWOL. so I need to say why.

 

"This space is normally dedicated to the wise words of Grandfather Robert Grey Hawk Coke, a 79-year-old Cherokee metaphysics teacher who occupies an honored post on the Manataka Elder Council.  Unfortunately, Grandfather Coke is 'absent without leave' this month as he attends to the important task of completely wrecking his home in Dallas and driving his good wife Vicky crazy as he prepares to remodel. We should be so lucky at his age to have such ambition, endurance and spunk.  We look forward to reading his next contribution to these pages in July."  ~Smoke Signal News, May 2009

 

 I did tell the Editor what was going on at my Lodge. I thought that would give me a ‘pass,’ Anyway I need to pass along to all of you what is going on. 

 

Some years ago I leased my home out while I was out of state for a few years. When I returned, I found the house has been abused and needed much work before it would be livable. The tenets had found that making street drugs were much more profitable than their regular business. They had cut the hardwood floors and walls in order to hide things, and had burned out several appliances in the kitchen. I got several bids and the lowest one would buy me a new home smaller than this one, but I wanted my home restored. I had the knowledge how to do all the work myself, so. I made  plans to start to do the whole job. I drew plans, created a list of needed materials, and got started. The months went by and the work I did was excellent, but I had to work around my other obligations. I knew I needed to rethink my plans. Finally, I decided to hire a good contracting company to do some of the work and see if I could work with them. I found one and we made a deal,. adding a garage and a new roof to the list.

 

I had a lot of work to do before they were to get started. I managed to complete what I needed to do on time for the Contractor to start in March. However, it has rained almost every day since. Texas was in great need for some rain, but that also meant that since the contractor have not been able to finish their other jobs, they have not been able to start on my job. At this time we are living in total chaos with the  kitchen is in boxes scattered in other parts of the house, as is bath rooms. When the construction does begin, it will only increase our problems living here.

 

So there maybe times in the near further I may need to skip on my job of writing. I sincerely  apologize for missing last month and trust you will understand and forgive me.      

 


 

GRANDFATHER SEVEN HAWK EYES SPEAKS

 

Let's Watch How We Talk and Walk

 

All to often we tend to say what we think no matter who it hurts.

 

“It is not wrong to say something about another person as long as it is the truth that you speak”. Do you believe that statement?

 

I have found that I myself have acted hastily listening to false stories about another person. I was told several years ago to ‘Chew The Bread’ before You Act or Say Anything Regarding Another Person”. This way there is ample time for a person to think of what they may say or do especially if it involves the rights or feelings of another person. The courts are packed with lawsuit after lawsuit that involve slander and liability because some people do not think before talking about others.

 

Each human on this earth has the right to speak their minds on certain matters, according to the First Amendment. But this right dose not give a person the right to gossip or belittle another. Each time I am approached and told a story about another person, I always weigh the situation and ‘Chew The Bread’ before giving an answer.

 

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MOTHER EARTH WATCH

 

 

How to Create A Healthy, Wealthy, Abundant Nation from the Ashes of America's Demise

by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor
 

(NaturalNews) In a related article on CounterThink.com (http://www.CounterThink.com/025688.html), I discussed the inevitable collapse of America and the opportunity for new nation-states to rise from the ashes. Here, I unveil how such new nation-states might prioritize natural health as a strategy for long-term abundance and happiness for its citizens. Here, I also discuss the possibility of humankind taking conscious control over its own evolution as a way to eliminate behavior traits of selfishness and short-term thinking. It's a big topic, so let's start with how some nation-states might restructure themselves to prioritize health and abundance.

In the aftermath of the demise of America, there will be many possibilities for greatly-needed improvements in new systems of governing. Some new nation-states might end representative democracy altogether and opt for Direct Democracy (where people vote via the internet). Other nation-states might replace the old, outdated voting system we all know with Instant Runoff Voting (IRV).

Many new nation-states will recognize the importance of keeping the population healthy, and they will legalize Free Speech about nutritional supplements, and perhaps even welcome alternative cancer clinics to operate within their borders (which would bring a boon of economic activity from neighboring nation states). Medical tourism could bring huge economic gains to any nation-state wise enough to legalize actual healing within its borders.

In essence, each new nation-state can decide for itself what kind of place it wants to be. Nation-states in the Northeast might decide to keep their pharmaceutical companies as kings, and thereby poison their populations into yet another round of economic destitution. But other nation-states like Hawaii, California and Florida might prioritize natural health and honest food, creating a population of health, productive, happy and abundant people.
 

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TRIBAL NEWS

 

Apology Resolution Introduced

 

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman Dan Boren introduced legislation this week in the U.S. House of Representatives to proclaim an official apology from the United States Government to Native American peoples.  The legislation, H. J. Res. 46, would commend and honor Native Peoples for the thousands of years they have stewarded and protected this land and acknowledge years of official depredations, ill-conceived policies and the breaking of covenants by the Federal Government regarding Indian tribes.

 

“My congressional district has the third highest concentration of Native Americans in the country.  We have a community with deep Native American roots and long standing traditions.  Native American tribes are one of the greatest driving forces for economic development across my district and state, and make an immeasurable contribution to the lives of all Oklahomans.

 

“The U.S. government broke hundreds of treaties it made with Indian nations; these were government-to-government treaties ratified by the U.S. Senate.  The impact of many U.S. policies is the source of many of the social and economic disparities that tribes face today.   It is time for our nation to face these injustices and reconcile our relations with the Native Americans,” Boren said.

 

Boren says that it is important for the government to acknowledge injustices such as the forced removal of tribes from their homelands.

 

“While this apology doesn’t recognize the complexity of those wrongs, it’s an important step in moving forward.  From my seat on the House Natural Resources Committee, I will work with Chairman Rahall and Senator Sam Brownback to see that it gets the attention it deserves,” he said.  The resolution expressly does not authorize any funds or serve as a settlement of any claim against the United States.  It is simply an apology.

 


 

 


 


Attention Educators:

 

TEACHING ABOUT AMERICAN INDIANS

 

 

Teaching Resources for Educators

Here are resources if you've ever wanted classroom-teaching activities on American Indians beyond the Thanksgiving holiday or the history of American Indian Education or best teaching practices addressing American Indian learners. Resources include books, magazines, articles, bibliographies, maps, etc. Although often times there is overlap, these resources are organized in four categories:

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INSPIRATIONAL THOUGHTS...

 


The Hospital Window


Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room. One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs. His bed was next to the room's only window. The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back. The men talked for hours on end. They spoke of their wives and families, their homes, their jobs, their involvement in the military service, where they had been on vacation.

Every afternoon when the man in the bed by the window could sit up, he would pass the time by describing to his roommate all the things he could see outside the window.

The man in the other bed began to live for those one hour periods where his world would be broadened and enlivened by all the activity and color of the world outside.

The window overlooked a park with a lovely lake. Ducks and swans played on the water while children sailed their model boats. Young lovers walked arm in arm amidst flowers of every color and a fine view of the city skyline could be seen in the distance.

As the man by the window described all this in exquisite detail, the man on the other side of the room would close his eyes and imagine the picturesque scene.

One warm afternoon the man by the window described a parade passing by.   Although the other man couldn't hear the band - he could see it. In his mind's eye as the gentleman by the window portrayed it with descriptive words.

Days and weeks passed.

One morning, the day nurse arrived to bring water for their baths only to find the lifeless body of the man by the window, who had died peacefully in his sleep. She was saddened and called the hospital attendants to take the body away.

As soon as it seemed appropriate, the other man asked if he could be moved next to the window. The nurse was happy to make the switch, and after making sure he was comfortable, she left him alone.

Slowly, painfully, he propped himself up on one elbow to take his first look at the real world outside.

He strained to slowly turn to look out the window beside the bed.

It faced a blank wall. The man asked the nurse what could have compelled his deceased roommate who had described such wonderful things outside this window

The nurse responded that the man was blind and could not even see the wall.  She said, "Perhaps he just wanted to encourage you."

Epilogue:
There is tremendous happiness in making others happy, despite our own situations.   Shared grief is half the sorrow, but happiness when shared, is doubled.   If you want to feel rich, just count all the things you have that money can't buy.

"Today is a gift, that's why it is called the present."

 


 

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